At Bennetts, we are committed to carrying on our business operations responsibly and to acting ethically and with integrity in all business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking do not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains.
Bennetts is a trading name of Saga Services Limited. Bennetts is the UK’s leading specialist bike insurer with over 85 years’ experience. Our core business is to search our panel of insurers to find the best cover for the best price for all our customers. However, we also get involved in the biking community by sponsoring and attending many key racing and biking events throughout the year. Plus, our social network BikeSocial is the fastest growing motorcycle website, which puts us right at the heart of UK motorcycling.
Bennetts employs over 160 people who are largely based in Peterborough and Coventry.
As a member of the Saga Group, Bennetts complies with, and is subject to, all policies and processes that Saga plc has in place. Bennetts’ employees have to complete the same mandatory training as Saga employees. In addition, Bennetts is included within Saga’s wider audit and compliance activity to ensure we comply with both the law and Saga’s internal governance.
As a result of the above, our statement includes the statement by Saga plc, which is set out in the appendix below. This describes the steps that Bennetts and Saga plc have taken to prevent acts of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring in our own businesses and in any of our supply chains.
Our statement covers 01 February 2017 to 31 January 2018.
This statement is made on behalf of Saga plc (a public limited company listed on the London Stock Exchange, registered in England and Wales, with registered number 8804263) and its subsidiaries (together, “we”, “us”, “our”) pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the “Act”).
The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires companies to explain on an annual basis the steps taken to prevent acts of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring in their businesses and supply chains. This statement sets out the steps we have taken during the financial year ending 31 January 2018, and builds upon the positive steps we took last year.
Last year we identified our holidays and cruises operations as carrying a potentially higher modern slavery risk due to the vast number of locations in which we procure goods and services. As such, this year we have successfully implemented a risk assessment process in respect of our current suppliers, resulting in the identification of potential high-risk suppliers. We have adopted a similar risk assessment process for the onboarding of new suppliers too, and it is this process that informs whether or not a supplier is subject to further assessment via our due diligence questionnaire.
Our due diligence questionnaire, which was developed last year, has now been successfully incorporated into the processes and procedures of our holidays and cruises operations via our Customer Health and Safety department. The due diligence questionnaire was distributed to a random sample of potential high-risk suppliers in order to assess the smoothness and efficiency of the automated process, and the level of engagement of our suppliers – all of which was deemed a success. This was achieved prior to our deadline of 31 January 2018.
Following feedback from a pilot study, we are currently making minor amendments to the due diligence questionnaire process, with the intention of rolling this out to all potential high-risk suppliers over the course of 2018.
We remain committed to working with our suppliers to ensure business is conducted ethically and honestly. Therefore, should a supplier fail our due diligence questionnaire, we will work with them to implement a corrective action plan to rectify areas of non-compliance. Should a supplier
continually disregard our proposed plan, or demonstrate little progress despite realistic time frames being agreed and set, we will consider our future relationship with that supplier.
We continue to strongly encourage hotel suppliers to apply for membership with the independent sustainability audit programme, ‘Travelife’, and also to continue to work towards obtaining Gold certification which demonstrates compliance with international standards on human rights.
Both our Anti-Slavery & Anti-Human Trafficking Policy and our Whistleblowing Policy are communicated throughout our organisation regularly, and are used as the basis for our employees to be able to detect and prevent acts of modern slavery. These policies are also now part of our corporate induction process for new employees.
In addition, we have created and distributed training material for delivery to all employees through our e-learning platform to ensure a consistent, high level of awareness and understanding is achieved. By 31 January 2019, we aim for all employees to have completed this training.
We now have systems in place to:
• Identify and assess potential risk areas within our businesses and supply chains
• Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains
• Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains
• Train employees to raise awareness of modern slavery and how to report it
• Protect whistle-blowers
We will continually review and refine these processes to strive to operate to the highest standards at all times.
This statement covers 01 February 2017 to 31 January 2018 and has been approved by the Board of Saga plc.
Chief Executive Officer